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    Hamline University
    1536 Hewitt Ave
    Saint Paul, MN 55104

    iocp@hamline.edu
     

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    BANKING AND FINANCE

    How to open a Bank Account

    While many banks offer services to open accounts online, international students do not fit nicely into their categories. As such, it is best to personally visit a branch to open an account. You may want to open an account as soon as you arrive in Minnesota. You will need to have the following documents with you:

    Your passport  (or any other state issued document such as a driver’s license or State I.D card)

    Student ID

    Any other immigration document (I-94 and I-20/DS-2019)

    Social Security Card (this is not required for you to open a bank account but it is required for online banking)

    A Good Standing Letter (this is not required but may be helpful to validate that you are a current Hamline student in good standing)

    A permanent mailing address

     

    Some other financial tips

    Checks

    When you open a checking account, your bank will provide you with checks. Paying with checks is a convenient method of payment. Some businesses accept checks for payment with a valid I.D. Supermarkets usually require a MN State ID to validate checks.  Here are some tips to keep in mind when dealing with checks. Make sure that you keep track of the checks you write. Sometimes checks are not deposited immediately and it may not show up in your account balance. You may run into problems with overdraft fees if you do not have sufficient  funds in your account to make payments. When depositing checks issued to you, you will be required to endorse the checks by signing at the back of the check. Do not endorse the checks until you are depositing it into your account, to avoid the risk of a stolen check being cashed by someone else.

    How to Write a Check

    Learn how to write a check on About.com.

    Overdraft Protection Fees  

    In the event that you are making a check card transaction, withdrawing money from the ATM or someone is depositing a check you wrote to them while your account has insufficient funds, the bank will honor the transaction but charge you a fee for that transaction. The average overdraft protection fee is $35 per transaction. If you opt not to participate in the overdraft protection fee program, the bank will simply reject any transaction or bounce checks if your account does not have sufficient funds. It is advisable that you do not participate in this program to avoid being charged large amounts in fees.

    ATM Locations near Hamline University:

    1. Sorin Hall (next to Anderson Center, Bank Affiliation: Associated Bank)
    2. SuperAmerica Gas Station (next to Anderson Center, 756 N Snelling Avenue, Bank Affiliation: Wells Fargo)
    3. Holiday Station Store (next to Gingko's Cafe, 600 Snelling Avenue, Bank Affiliation: US Bank)

    Banks near Hamline and Midway:

    Associate Bank
    176 Snelling Avenue North
    St Paul, MN 55104-6322
    (651) 646-8681
    www.associatedbank.com

    Bremer Bank

    427 Snelling Avenue North
    St Paul, MN 55104-3801
    (651) 659-0465
    www.bremer.com

    US Bank

    1071 Grand Avenue
    St Paul, MN 55105-3002
    (651) 229-6123
    www.usbank.com

    Wells Fargo Bank

    1827 Grand Avenue
    SAINT PAUL, MN 55105
    (651) 205-5480
    www.wellsfargo.com

    Tuition payments 
    Tuition payments and other billing issues are handled through the Student Administrative Services office in East Hall

    Hamline University Wire Transfer Information
    If you plan to do a wire transfer for a tuition payment, this is the information he/she will need:

    Name of Bank
    US Bank
    P.O. Box 64830
    St. Paul, MN 55164-0830
    ABA Routing No. 091000022
    Hamline Account No. 3401171
    Swift Code: USBKUS44IMT (for international wires)

    Be sure to indicate the student’s name and ID number on the wire. 

     

    Cell Phones

    Procedure

    If you want a cell phone in the U.S., you must contact any one of many wireless companies in the area. Most companies require a Social Security Number (SSN) if you want to be billed for your service. They may also try to encourage you to sign a two year contract and offer you a discount on the price of the phone when you sign a two year contract. However, there are options for obtaining cell phone service without an SSN, such as “pay-as-you-go” plans and prepaid phones. You can find a complete list of major wireless providers (such as Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, Nextel, T-Mobile), as well as wireless retail stores by searching online at qwestdex.com.

    When opening a cell phone account, you will need identification, such as passport.

    Companies & Locations:

    AT&T, 2724 Lincoln Drive, Roseville, MN 55113
    Sprint, 1064 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105
    T-Mobile, 1460 University Avenue West, Saint Paul, MN 55104
    Verizon, 474 Hamline Avenue North, Saint Paul, MN 55104   


    Textbooks 

    Websites to buy textbooks: 

    www.amazon.com 
    www.ebay.com 
    www.collegetextbooks.com 
    www.valorebooks.com 
    www.wholesalecollegetextbooks.com  

    Websites to rent textbooks:
    www.chegg.com 
    www.bookrenter.com 
    www.campusbookrentals.com 

    Other ways to get textbooks:

    • Rent them from the Hamline Bookstore
    • Check them out from the Hamline Library or order them through “Interlibrary Loan” – ask at the library reference desk
    • Check them out from the Saint Paul/ Minneapolis Public libraries
    • Check campus bulletin boards for other students selling their books
    • Ask other students who studied at Hamline last year
    • Buy them from the book store on campus!! 

    Shopping

    Hamline is located close to many major shopping centers. With the excellent public transportation system, you can get to many of these places with ease. Here are several shopping locations that might be of interest to you. Visit their website for more details. Be sure to cross check with GoogleMaps or MetroTransit for more accurate directions. If you have further questions, feel free to contact the IOCP office.  

    Rosedale Center  
    10 Rosedale center 
    Roseville, MN 55113 
    (651) 633-0872 
    http://www.myrosedale.com/ 
    Available at Rosedale: Macy’s, Herberger’s, JC Penneys, a variety of wireless services outlets (AT & T, T-Mobile, Sprint), a large variety of men and women’s apparel outlets, restaurants and a 14-screen AMC theater.  

    HarMar Mall 
    2100 Snelling Ave North 
    Roseville, Minnesota 55113 
    (651) 631-0340 
    http://harmarmall.com/ 
    Available at HarMar: Marshall’s, Barnes & Noble, CubFoods, Dress Barn, Famous Footwear, and others.  

    Mall of America 
    60 East Broadway
    Bloomington, MN 55425 
    952-883-8800 
    http://www.mallofamerica.com/ 
    Available at MoA: The biggest mall in America, it has more than 520 stores, several food courts, a large variety of restaurants, an indoor amusement park and Aquarium plus tones of other entertainment options.  

    Grand Ave 
    http://www.grandave.com/ 
    Available at Grand Ave: A variety of specialty stores, apparel stores and award-winning restaurants.   

    MidWay 
    Available at MidWay: Target, Walmart, Rainbow Groceries, CubFoods, Herberger’s, multiple restaurants, wireless services, banks and many others.  
    Ethnic Grocery Stores close to Hamline 

    Shanghai Market 
    1546 Como Ave,  
    Saint Paul,  
    MN 55108 

    Dragon Star Oriental Foods 
    633 Minnehaha Ave W
    St Paul, MN 55104 
    (651) 488-2567 

    Shuang Hur Oriental Market 
    654 University Avenue W 
    St Paul, MN 55145

    Kim’s Oriental Market (Korean) 
    689 Snelling Ave
    St Paul, MN 55104 
    (651) 646-0428 

    El Burrito Mercado 
    175 Cesar Chavez St 
    St Paul, MN 55107 
    (651) 227-2192 
    http://www.elburritomercado.com 

    Eating Out

    There are plenty of options to eat out in pretty much any neighborhood in the Twin Cities. Cuisines from all over the world and in all price ranges are available to choose from for hungry Hamline students. Some great websites to check out restaurants, diners, pubs, and bars are Yelp (http://www.yelp.com), Urbanspoon (http://www.urbanspoon.com) or OpenTable (http://www.opentable.com). Each of them lets you search in many different ways, filtering results by neighborhood, style, price range, user ratings and many more. Often times you will also find detailed information on opening hours, location, or special happy hours offers with great discounts on food and drinks.  

    Some of the places to grab a bite closest to campus are located in Saint Paul’s Midway neighborhood between the Anderson Center and University Avenue along Snelling Avenue. Here are some ideas – all within one mile of Hamline’s campus: 

    Black Sea:           Turkish restaurant,       http://www.blacksearestaurant.com/ 
    Mirror of Korea: Korean restaurant,       http://www.mirrorofkorea.com/ 
    Fasika:                 Ethiopian restaurant,    http://www.fasika.com/ 
    On's Kitchen:      Thai restaurant,            http://www.onskitchen.com/ 
    Peking Garden:   Chinese restaurant,     http://www.pekinggardenmn.com/ 
    Sole Café:           Korean restaurant,       http://solecafe.weebly.com/ 

     Other great areas for food, drinks, and more are Rosedale Shopping Center (four miles north of campus), and many areas in or near both downtown Saint Paul and downtown Minneapolis. 


     

    Travel & Transportation

    Car & Driver's License:  Read these tips for renting a car or find information about "Hour Car" on-campus car rental. For information about obtaining a driver's license, see the MN Department of Public Safety website.

    Check out the bike rental page of our website for information and local trail maps

    Visit the Metro Transit website for bus and lightrail transit in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. You can get an application for a discounted Metro Transit bus pass at the Anderson Center Welcome Desk. It is $175 per semester for an unlimited ride pass. You must show your Hamline ID to get the discounted price. 

    To plan your travel in the US, see traveler's guide information for travel within the United States

    For affordable airline tickets, search one of the many online ticket agencies, or search these budget airlines' websites:
    Southwest Airlines
    Frontier Airlines
    Sun Country Airlines
    Air Tran Airways

    Remember to check the travel page of our website before traveling internationally or within the United States

    Bicycle Checkout

    Our office recommends the use of the Nice Ride bike system for your local biking transportation needs. The closest bike station is only one block from the Hamline campus, located at the corner of W. Minnehaha Ave and N. Simpson Street.

    The cost to use the Nice Ride system is a combination of a subscription price, plus trip fees. The up to date fees can be found on the Nice Ride website.

    •  A trip starts when you take a bike and ends when you return it to any station.
    •  No trip fee for the first 30 minutes of every trip. Trips lasting more than 30 minutes will incur trip fees. Note: trip fees can add up fast, see chart below
    •  To avoid trip fees, simply return your bike to a station within 30 minutes, and check out another one.
    •  Take as many trips as you want during your subscription.
    •  24 hr subscriptions require a $50 deposit, for more information see the Subscriptions page.
     

    Using Nice Ride

    To use Nice Ride, you need a subscription. 24 hour subscriptions can be purchased using a credit card at the pay station located at each Nice Ride station. Users can also purchase a 1 year or 30-day subscription at substantial savings over 24 hour subscription by signing up on line. 24 hour subscribers users will be issued unlocking codes at the pay station, 1 year and 30 day subscribers will receive a Nice Ride key. Simply enter the unlocking code or insert your key in the locking dock of an available bike. When the green light turns on, pull the handlebars firmly toward you to release the bike.

    You can return your bike to any station in the system. Choose an empty space and push your bike firmly into the dock. When the bike is properly locked, the green light on the dock will turn on. Make sure the green light turns on. A bike that is not properly returned remains your responsibility. If you have trouble locking your bike, try another dock, or call customer service at 1-877-551-6423 

    Other Bike Rental Shops

    Minnesota bicycle laws

    Minnesota pocket guide to biking   


    How to ride a bus  

    Where to find my route?

    Google maps and MapQuest  are resources to start. Click Get directions, then you can determine your means of transportation (by car, public transport, bike or foot) and find your optimal route and schedule to your destination. It is also a good idea to double check the route & schedules by visiting the Metro Transit website. Note: Bus schedules on weekends may differ from weekdays. Please make sure your results are accurate and up to date.

    Metro Transit website

    How much does it cost? 

    The most common way to pay for the bus fare is to use cash. As you get on the bus, put cash in the fare box next to the driver. Fare boxes accept dollar bills, coins or tokens, but change is not available. For information on other ways to pay for the bus, please visit How Do I Pay for the Bus.

    Bus fares vary depending on your time of travel. During rush hour times (approximately 6 am to 9am, and 3 pm to 6.30 pm) prices are slightly higher than at other times. Check here to see the anticipated bus fare.

    What are the rules when riding the bus?

    On the bus you can see a yellow cord near the seat along the window. You should pull the cord to notify the driver before your stop.

    You are allowed to take strollers, non-motorized bicycles, wheelchairs/walkers and suitcases with you on the bus. However, you are NOT allowed to consume food, drinks (unless it is covered), or alcohol when riding a bus.

    Buses are considered public spaces. Please be mindful about your words and conversations with others.

    Additionally, there may be other rules you are required obey which may be different from your home country. Be sure to read the Code of conduct before your travel.

     

    Tips

    • Be sure to get to the stop 5 minutes early and always check the sign above the windshield of the bus for the route number to make sure it’s yours. 
    • You can talk to a transit expert by calling 612-373-3333 (TTY 612-341-0140) before you travel.
    • Unlike in other countries, the back door of local buses in Minnesota doesn’t open automatically when the bus stops. You need to PUSH the back door to get off the bus.
    • Make sure you have the exact amount of cash for your fare if you don’t use Go-To Card, Metro pass, U-Pass or Go-To College Pass, etc.
    • In most cases, fares include a 2½ hour free transfer. However, there are exemptions to this rule (e.g. transfers are not available with Downtown Zone fares). If your bus fare does include unlimited 2½ hour free transfer, it should be printed on your bus ticket. If in doubt, ask the bus driver for help and information. 

     

     How to Get a Driver’s License 

    General Information 

    While studying at Hamline University, you may need to obtain a Minnesota driver’s license and have your car registered.

    Identification Requirements

    In order to apply for a driver’s license, you need to present a combination of one primary and one secondary form of identification. Please see Identification Requirements.

    Test Requirement

    Knowledge (Written) Test: Knowledge (Written) tests are available on a walk-in basis at a Driver and Vehicle Services Exam Station during certain hours. You must show proper identification when you are ready to take the test. The knowledge (written) test contains multiple choice and True/False questions that show how well you know and understand Minnesota traffic laws and road signs. Only one test is allowed per day. Some stations offer a computerized test which is available in English or several other languages (Hmong, Vietnamese, Somali, Spanish and Russian). 

    Skills (Road) Test: The skills (road) test consists of a demonstration of your vehicle's safety equipment, your vehicle control skills and a driving performance test. You are tested on your ability to drive a motor vehicle safely under normal traffic conditions. You may not have anyone in the car during the test other than the driver examiner. We recommend that you make an appointment for a skills (road) test. This can be done online or by calling (651) 284-1234.

    Fees

    Class D, regular or under 21: $23.25
    Third and Subsequent Skill Test after failing first two: $20
    Third and Subsequent Knowledge Test after failing first two: $10

    Documents

    Identification Requirements 

    Requisitos de Identificacion

    New Resident - Just the Facts

    Medical Conditions and Your License - Just the Facts

    Expedited (Fast Track) Driver's License - Just the Facts

    Minnesota Driver's Manual 

    For more information, please visit: Department of Public Safety

    Renting a Car 

    If you have a valid driver’s license, you can opt for short-term car rental.

    The HOURCAR rental has a car available on the St. Paul campus and is a good option if you are interested in renting a car for several hours. You will need an annual membership to rent with them. Visit their website to find out more details on rental policies and cost. The HOURCAR location on campus is located on Simpson and Hewitt.

    The HOURCAR is only available for daily rental. If you are interested in renting a car for several days, you may want to do so through car rental agencies. Agencies vary in cost of rental and may charge extra fees if you are under the age of 25, if you do not have an American driver’s license or if you desire to pay using a debit card instead of credit card. Be sure to find out about these fees when renting a car.

     

    There are several nationwide car rental agencies. The closest one to the Hamline St. Paul campus is Enterprise Rent-A-Car. For more information on renting a car, visit this website